Course Offerings


Lower Division

100. The Study of Society
Survey of the basic characteristics and dynamics of society and culture from the sociological perspective. (GE=D4) (4 units)
110. Choices in the Life Course
Utilization of social research in helping students make choices about life course events, such as career, education and family. (GE=E2) (2 units)
180. Critical Thinking about Social Problems
Critical thinking skills are developed through a comparison of common sense and social scientific analyses of contemporary social problems. Focus on causal reasoning, common logical fallacies and the distinction between belief and knowledge. (GE=A4) (4 units)

Upper Division

Prerequisite for upper-division courses is SOC 100, or consent of instructor.

301. Applications in Sociology
Intensive look at sociological research, stressing the application of theory and methods in specific empirical studies. Prerequisite: completion of the general education mathematics requirement. (4 units)
307. Social Research I
Basic concepts and techniques used by sociologists in conducting research. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory. Prerequisites: SOC 100 and 301. (5 units)
309. Social Research II
Application of social measurement techniques, including data collection, data entry and the use and interpretation of the methods of data presentation with the utilization of statistical routines. Involves the use of computers and statistical software in the development of research reports, sociological analysis and modeling. Four hours lecture and two hours laboratory. Prerequisites: SOC 307 and MATH 110, 115 or 120 or equivalent. (5 units)
311. Sociological Theory
Sources of sociological theory and current trends in sociological analysis. (4 units)
330. Social Gerontology
Age-status and age-roles in American society, with crosscultural comparisons including intergenerational conflict and other age-related behaviors. (4 units)
336. Black Women and Feminism
Black women in America and their activities on behalf of women's rights; the interplay of racism and sexism within the women's movement. (4 units)
339. Socialization
Theories, goals and processes of childhood socialization and, to a lesser extent, adult socialization. Emphasis on organized social roles as they are mediated through the norms and patterned interactions of institutions; that is, the family, peer groups and the schools. (4 units)
340. Sociology of the Family
A systematic and comparative analysis of family structure and change: marriage, reproduction, childrearing, marital problems. (4 units)
341. Marriage and Family Among Blacks
Forces affecting the black family, with emphasis on the roles assigned to individual members. (4 units)
342. The Chicano Family
Consideration of the traditional and changing Mexican-American family patterns. Regional and social class variations. Influence of the family on Mexican-American personality development from a social-psychological perspective. (4 units)
343. Sociology of Family Violence
The occurrence, causes and effects of family violence as a social phenomenon. (4 units)
350. Criminology
Causes of crime with emphasis on sociological factors. (4 units)
352. Juvenile Offender
Causes of juvenile delinquency, types of juvenile offenders, the juvenile court, legal aspects of delinquency and methods of rehabilitation. (4 units)
354. Deviant Behavior
Deviant modes of human adjustment to modern society; processes of personal-social interaction in development of individual and group deviation. (4 units)
355. Medical Sociology
Patient's self concept from the pre-patient stage to the post-patient state and the relationship to the social system. Developmental stages in the "sick role" in contemporary society are emphasized. (4 units)
356. Sociology of Mental Illness
Cultural variations in definitions of mental health and illness; social processes involved in defining, labeling and treating mental illness; stigmatizing effects of being labeled mentally ill; relationship of the incidence and treatment of mental illness to class, ethnicity and other sociological categories. (4 units)
358. Punishment and Corrections
History and theories of punishment and treatment in dealing with criminals, sociological analysis of institutional systems and community based systems, work release programs and pre-release guidance centers. (4 units)
360. Social Psychology
The study of social interaction as it influences the development of self, role behavior, attitudes and values. Emphasis on symbolic interaction as a school of thought. (4 units)
363. Sociology of Mass Communication
Study of symbolic and organizational aspects of mass communication systems. Special attention to attitudes and beliefs as influenced by the mass media. (4 units)
375. Sociology of Sport
A sociological study of the relationship of sport to the structure of human societies. Analysis of the role of sport in childhood and adult socialization, and in the defining of social groups, neighborhoods, schools, cities, regions and nations. (4 units)
380. Sociology of Religion
Theoretical analysis of religion as a social institution in complex societies. Structure and functioning of religious organizations, roles and role relationships; types of religious organizations and leadership; relationships of religion to other social institutions; religion and social change. (4 units)
382. Sociology of Developing Societies
Examination of the causes and consequences of the "development of under-development" in the contemporary world-system. (4 units)
410. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Social inequality, including gender and class variations in racial and ethnic socialization, experienced by members of racial and cultural groups in the United States. (4 units)
418. Sociology of Social Welfare
Survey of the development and implementation of social welfare policies. Analysis of the impact of different public welfare programs on contemporary social problems. (4 units)
425. Asian Americans: Origins and Ethnicity
Examines the origin countries, immigration patterns, adaptation to government policies, discrimination, and contemporary ethnic identity of Asians and Asian Americans. Formerly a topic under SOC 590. (4 units)
430. Urban Sociology
Nature, causes and consequences of urbanization; metropolitan areas; location and types of cities; social and demographic characteristics of urban populations. (4 units)
432. Political Sociology
Examination of political process from the perspective of sociology, exploring in depth the nature, distribution and exercise of power, and related areas of interest. (4 units)
434. Community Organization
Programs of action, operative and proposed, for the organization of the community and the solution of its problems. (4 units)
436. Group Dynamics
Dynamics of primary group relationships, including psychotherapy groups. (4 units)
440. Social Class
Study of social class systems with particular reference to race, ethnicity and gender. (4 units)
441. Black Social Stratification
Caste in America, comparison of black and white stratification, black social mobility. (4 units)
442. Chicano Social Stratification
Variables affecting the social status of the Mexican-American in society, Mexican-American social mobility, social class differences in Mexican-American communities. (4 units)
444. Sociology of Gender
Social inequality, including class and racial/ethnic variations in sex-role organization, in the roles of women and men in contemporary U.S. society. (4 units)
450. White Collar Crime
Study of America's most costly form of crime and deviance. History, causes, consequences, prevention and explanations of economic crime and abuse of power in the corporate and business world, the professions, trades, the unions and government. (4 units)
484. Social Casework
Process of problem solving used by social work agencies to help individuals to cope more effectively with their problems in social functioning. (4 units)
525. Indian Nations and Native America
Reviews the 500 years of conquest, genocide, resistance, and survival, including the contemporary realities of indigenous peoples. Formerly a topic under SOC 590. (4 units)
540. Sociology of Education
Sociological analysis of educational organizations, the relationship of such organizations to culture, social class and power, and the roles of teachers, students and administrators. (4 units)
545. Indigenous Peoples
Sociological study of Indigenous Peoples from the local to the global. Formerly a topic under SOC 590. (4 units)
575. Internship in Sociology
Supervised work and study in private or public organizations. A total of eight units may be applied toward the major; 12 units may be applied toward graduation requirements. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department. (4 units)
590. Seminar in Sociology
An intensive study of some phase of sociology to be developed by the instructor with the class. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: SOC 307 and consent of instructor. (4 units)
595. Independent Study
Special topics involving library and/or field research. A total of 10 units in SOC 595 may be applied toward graduation. Prerequisites: senior or graduate standing, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (2-5 units)
597. Senior Honors Project
Original research in an area of sociology, culminating in a major research report. The research project may be a quantitative or qualitative nature. Enrollment limited to students whose formal application for departmental honors is approved. Prerequisite: formal application approved by department chair. (5 units)

Graduate level courses can be found on Page 547 in the 2012-2014 Bulletin of Courses.

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